Indexing and Abstracting

Indexing and abstracting articles can be an intensive process, as there are a number of responsibilities placed on the indexer in terms of identifying the document so that others may locate it, as well as so that when users do come across the document, they are able to discern whether or not the article meets their information needs.

In order to examine the process of indexing and abstracting an article, I read Dania Bilal's "Perspectives on Children's Navigation of the World Wide Web: Does the Type of Search Task Make a Difference?" (2002) and after reading the article, I created an index and abstract without looking at how the article was indexed in the database. I then examined how the index and abstract that I created compared to that of the journal indexer as well as the database indexer.